Koji Tanaka was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His artistic parents nurtured his love for the arts and that support continues to be a source of influence and inspiration. From an early age Koji had a natural affinity and interest in different art media, which he pursued as a hobby and built a foundation for the future. Koji's passion for art led him to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he graduated in 2007 with degrees in Art Studio and History of Art and Architecture. While at UCSB, Koji participated in a design-build project called Open Container. This sustainability art project involved converting two 20-foot shipping containers into a habitable studio space. As a core member of the team, he gained practical experience in metal fabrication, woodworking, and general construction. With this valuable experience, he became an apprentice to master woodworker, Victor DiNovi, following completion of his studies at UCSB. Since 2007, Koji has been refining and honing his skills while building his personal portfolio with private contracts.